Rome Assembly focus on mentoring for newlyweds
The 16th Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family has issued a communique stressing the support mature married couples can offer engaged and younger couples, "to accompany them on the path of preparation for marriage and then in the first years of married and family life".
The Assembly, which took plance between Thursday and Saturday, took the theme: "The Mission of Mature, Experienced Couples with Engaged and Young Married Couples." The opening address was given by Council President Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo.
The communique said that those working in the pastoral ministry for families, and members of families themselves who "have at heart a successful marriage", can be close to newlyweds, "offering discreet, wise and valid help not only to their married children but also to their grandchildren".
It went on to mention the role of grandparents, who with their wisdom and affection, "can be resources in the inevitable difficulties in the lives of young families".
"These mature couples, who are rich in human and Christian experience, are precious because they can witness with their own lives and apostolate to the beauty and happiness of family life, when lived according to God's plan."
Topics being discussed include: Tenderness in Marriage (young couples); The Couple's Stability, Problems Due to Lack of Understanding; Family and Procreation; Sex Education and Challenges for Young Families, Presentation of the Fifth World Meeting of Families, in Valencia, Spain 2006; Juridical Problems Regarding Life and the Family, and Panorama of Problems Regarding the Family and Life in the UN and International Policies.
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